Program Goals

PROGRAM GOAL 1

Provide resources to support students in adapting to and managing the rigors inherent to PA education.

Benchmark: Score of 4 or 5 on Student Evaluation of Program and Student Exit Survey items pertaining to Goal.

Outcome: 90% of the Class of 2019 cohort, 100% of the Class of 2020, and 98% of the Class of 2021 cohorts scored a 4 or 5 on Student Evaluation of Program and Student Exit Survey items pertaining to Goal.

PROGRAM GOAL 2

Provide a curriculum and experience promoting competence of the clinical and technical skills of an entry-level Physician Assistant

Benchmark: Successful completion of end-of-program summative exams with a score of 73% or higher by 80% or greater number of cohort students; and successful completion of PANCE by 90% or greater number of cohort students.

Outcome: 100% of the Class of 2019, 2020, 2021 cohorts scored 73% or higher on the end-of-program summative exams. The Class of 2019 did achieve 100% successful completion of PANCE with a score of 83% for first-time test takers. The Class of 2020 did achieve 99% successful completion of PANCE with a current first-time pass rate of 86%. The class of 2021 achieved 100% successful completion of PANCE with a current first-time pass rate of 89%.

PROGRAM GOAL 3

Foster a collaborative approach to work effectively in interdisciplinary patient-centered health care teams

Benchmark: Evaluation score of 4 or 5 by 90% or more of students on all Preceptor Evaluation of SCPE items pertaining to team-based care by 90% or greater number of cohort students.

Outcome: Data collected from the Preceptor of Evaluation of the Student’s Clinical Performance evaluations for the Class of 2019, Class of 2020, and Class of 2021 evidence 100% of students obtained scores of 4 (consistently meets expectations) or 5 (consistently exceeds expectations) on exhibiting proficiency in team-based care.

PROGRAM GOAL 4

Encourage and support student professional and civic activities promoting the PA profession

Benchmark: > 50% of students will volunteer for professional or civic activities

Outcome: For both Cohorts of 2019, 2020, and 2021 80% or greater of students participated in service projects with one or more of the following organizations: MLFC; Food Pantry; Project Crossroads; RAM Smyth County, No Child Left Unfed.